From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
The Chairman of the Women’s Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN) for the 19 Northern States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Hon. Leah Solomon, has called on all the Muslim mothers in the country to unite in order to launch an expanded campaign against the abduction of school girls by insurgents.
Solomon spoke during a protest march at the second 19 Northern States and FCT annual conference of WOWICAN at ECWA, Jos DCC Women Fellowship Conference Camp, Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State.
She said that the women would no longer fold their hands or keep mute over the uncanny action of insurgents going to female secondary schools to abduct hundreds of girls (whether Christians or Muslims) and convert them to sex slaves or use them for any kind of gain.
According to her, “these abductions are gradually becoming a trend in this country and they need to stop. First, it was hundreds of Chibok schoolgirls in Borno State in 2014, and now it is 110 Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe State.
“It doesn’t matter if the girls are either Christians or Muslims, what is paramount is that the action of these insurgents going to schools to abduct girls in order to spite the government or advance their course, or for whatever reason, must be halted forthwith.
“And we demand the unconditional release of all the girls already abducted. As mothers, it is agonising to know that your daughter which you sent to school is abducted by one terrorist and taken to an unknown destination, and then forcefully used as sex slaves or for any other purpose.
“This is what no mother would want to imagine, talk more of experiencing. That is why WOWICAN in the 19 Northern States and the FCT has decided to launch a robust campaign against such action, beginning from this conference.
“And we call on all mothers in the country to join hands with us on this. We equally call on Muslim mothers to collaborate with us in order to give our campaign a boost because this is beyond religion. Besides, no religion condones the action of these terrorists and no religion is also spared of their attacks or actions,” she stressed.